In "Colleton County: A Pictorial History", 1930s & Before, Colleton County, S.C., POSTS, STORIES on April 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

colleton county a pictorial history page 97 country store in hiotts

“Hiott’s Store. William Hiott built this two-story frame store ca. 1870 at what is now known as Hiott’s Crossroads. Groceries, cloth and other general merchandise were sold downstairs. The second floor housed the ‘shoe department’ and served as the Masonic Hall. Hiotts was a farming community near Round O through which a logging train traveled. During the early part of the 20th century, there were warehouses, stores, and a depot. ”

colleton county a pictorial history page 63 country store in cottageville

“Cottageville: The Gulf station shown in this photo was the first store built in Cottageville before 1900. It was remodeled around 1937. Dr. George Pierce, an Englishman, ran the town’s store. It was he who changed the town’s name from Round O to Cottageville, after the Methodist minister, Reverend W.A. Durant called his home ‘Our Cottage Home.'”

colleton county a pictorial history page 72 country store in walterboro

“This 1930 picture is of the interior of Jones Store on Washington Street (in Walterboro), which sold feed and seed.”

colleton county a pictorial history page 98 country store in catholic hill

“This Catholic Hill store was typical of many country stores found throughout the county before the advent of the large supermarkets and convenience stores. In addition to staples, the stores carried bread, milk, cold drinks, and ‘penny candy.'”

colleton county a pictorial history page 33 country store in catholic hill

“Joe ‘Prune’ Brown waits on Father Aiken in a country store near Catholic Hill. Note Goody’s Toothache Powders priced at 2 powders for 5c.”

— “Colleton County: A Pictorial History,” 1994

  1. The 1930’s Jones Store picture above is somewhat reminiscent of the Round O store from the street, at least on the right hand side. The left hand side was very different in that it had display cases to show Grandma Mamie’s hats, along with shoes and other clothing items. Dresses were on display in the two showcase windows. The Joe “Prune” Brown picture above pretty much resembles the right side of the store and countertop. The Coke cooler was a metal box on legs near the front right side, and of course painted Coke red with the emblem. It was Ice-cooled and had a bottle opener on the side. One visit per day, of course. That’s where Boyd and I differed. I like to drink the Coke fast, while it was still cold and bracing. The sweet, cold dark liquid would flow over my tongue, little bubbles bursting everywhere – a most delightful sensation. Boyd would nurse the drink for what seemed like hours – to me warm and flat. Neither of us got to have cherry syrup that Grandma raved about as a teenager, but she did teach us the trick of floating peanuts in your Coke. That was also fun, but in later years, I preferred to keep the two separate, alternating between the salty crunch and the familiar sweet, cold, exhilarating dark bubbly liquid.

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